HOT BLAST: 'An extremely close association between the government and the telecommunications giant'
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From Monday's New York Times:

For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls — parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency’s hotly disputed collection of phone call logs.

The Hemisphere Project, a partnership between federal and local drug officials and AT&T that has not previously been reported, involves an extremely close association between the government and the telecommunications giant.

The government pays AT&T to place its employees in drug-fighting units around the country. Those employees sit alongside Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local detectives and supply them with the phone data from as far back as 1987.

OK, to recap.

Your phone calls, our phone calls, almost everyone's phone calls are being watched, as this and countless other news stories confirm.

The calls aren't necessarily listened to, but they are being observed by someone working for the federal government. The program described by The Times this week started in 2007. And the calls in question date as far back as 26 years ago.

Just so we know where we stand.
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